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Terrific teenage gothic novel - vampires and werewolves abound!

Orphaned and in her uncle's care, fiercely independent Quincie may be the most over-achieving high-school student around, but even she has her hands full with a hybrid-werewolf boyfriend and the opening of Sanguini's, her hip vampire-themed restaurant, which turns out to have way more bite than she'd intended.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406315605
  • 9781406315608
  • 367,850

About Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the author of several acclaimed books for younger readers. Of Tantalize she says, "I tapped into my romantic nature and my love for monsters and marinara." A member of the faculty at the Vermont College MFA programme in writing for children and young adults, she lives in Austin, Texas.
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Rating details

12,041 ratings
3.29 out of 5 stars
5 21% (2,486)
4 23% (2,781)
3 30% (3,616)
2 17% (2,065)
1 9% (1,093)

Our customer reviews

Sanguini's restaurant is central to the plot - most of the story takes place here rather than at Quincie's home or school. The premise for the story is that restaurant profits had fallen since a new Italian restaurant opened near by, leading Quincie and her uncle to decide that Sanguini's needed a re-Vamp, with a capital 'V' for Vampire. Even before the vampire themed restaurant opens the head chef is brutally murdered and the body count steadily continues to rise as the restaurant gets ready for opening night. Quincie's best friend and would-be boyfriend, Kieren, tries to warn her that a vampire themed restaurant could attract the wrong kind of attention from real vampires but his objections are ignored. After all Quincie has more to worry about than vampires, werewolf-human hybrid Kieren has announced he is going to leave Austin soon to join a far away wolf pack and he won't be coming back. While Tantalize shows great potential as a novel, the strength of writing is not consistent throughout the book. Quincie is in love with Kieren but because he is a wolf hybrid he won't take it any further than being best friends with her. Quincie is a teenage girl about to lose her first love and her best friend but even though she is narrating the story in first person, giving her ample opportunity to voice her inner most thoughts, she doesn't have much to say or think about this. The stress of being responsible for the success of the family restaurant while trying to finish high school is dealt with in a similarly superficial manner. This leads to Quincie's character seeming a little light weight and one-dimensional at times. The true strength of the author's writing shows when she writes about Sanguini's. The food descriptions are both imaginative and exquisite and Quincie's reaction upon being presented with a dessert of chilled baby squirrels (simmered in orange brandy and bathed in honey cream sauce) is an inspired mixture of revulsion and desire. Taken at face value, Tantalize is both an original and entertaining read. While it lacks the lush romanticism and fairytale quality of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Tantalize has its own unique charms. With a fast paced plot, imaginative fantasy and food to die for, Tantalize is a book you can devour in one sitting (or two if you're on a diet!) Above all, Tantalize is an enjoyable fun read which makes it recommended reading for teen vampire fans.show more
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